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Dune 2 - The Building of a Dynasty

Published 1992

Published by
Virgin Games, Inc.

Developed by
Westwood Studios, Inc.

Dec, 1992

Also For
Acorn 32-bit, Amiga



Real-Time, Sci-Fi / Futuristic

Licensed Title

The planet Arrakis (also known as Dune for its sandy landscape) is the only place in the known universe where Melange (more commonly known as the Spice) can be found. The Spice is the basis of interstellar travel and thus the standard of the Imperial economy. To increase productivity, The Padishah Emperor has invited three powerful Houses (Harkonnen, Atreides and Ordos) to compete against one another economically and bring up spice production. Competition among these houses begins peacefully but soon turns ugly as they battle each other with armed troops, advanced weaponry, and spies. The planet itself is also hostile, with dangerous sandworms inhabiting the spice fields. Dune II is often considered the first mainstream modern real-time strategy game and established many conventions of the genre. Even though set in Frank Herbert's famous Dune universe, the game is only loosely connected to the plot of any of the books or the films based from them. Controlling either of the three Houses, the player must fight a number of battles against the other Houses. In the early levels, the goal is simply to earn a certain number of credits, while in the later missions, all enemies must be destroyed. The single resource in the game is the Spice, which must be collected by harvesters. The spice is converted to credits in a refinery, which are then spent to construct additional buildings and units. There are two terrain types: buildings can only be constructed on stone, while the Spice is only found on sand. However, units moving on sand attract the large sandworms of Dune, who are virtually indestructible and can swallow even large units whole. As levels progress, new and more advanced buildings and units are made available, including structures like a radar station, a repair facility or defense turrets and, for units, various ground troops, light vehicles and tanks. Each House can construct one unique special unit, and, after building a palace improvement, can unleash a unique palace effect. After a mission is completed, the player can select the next mission on a map of Dune. This choice determines the layout of the next map to be played, but has no effect on the overall campaign.

From Original Entry

Identifier msdos_Dune_2_-_The_Building_of_a_Dynasty_1992
Emulator dosbox
Emulator_ext zip
Emulator_start dune2/DUNE.BAT
Mediatype software
Scanner Internet Archive Python library 0.7.5
Year 1992
Publicdate 2014-12-24 03:32:23
Addeddate 2014-12-24 03:32:23
Date 1992
Creator Westwood Studios, Inc.
Backup_location ia905908_23


Reviewer: Pork Fried Squirrel - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2016
Subject: Mouse and sound are wonky
Not sure what's going on, but my mouse clicks do not register, and the sound gets very choppy for no reason. Tried reloading and no dice. Stinks, always one of favorite games.
Reviewer: samchap - - June 28, 2016
Subject: can not change to dune2
i would like to play but get the following message can not change to dune2
Reviewer: RuiAMIGA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2016
Subject: Dune 2 The battle for arrakis
many ours i played this game on the COMMODORE AMIGA, even today i still play it, my 1st RTS game and the reason it still my favourite kind of games, years after the released of DUNE 2000 (a improved remake for windows) awesome game too
Reviewer: philisense - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2015
Subject: Copyright
After I finished first level, they wanted me to answer a question. Here you can find the answer:

And as people already wrote, just move your mousecursor and then, for clicking use the spacebar and for special things the keys like m=move, a= attack, ...
Reviewer: AlexeiV1972 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2015
Subject: Не много об управлении
Чтобы выбрать объект надо навести курсор мышки и нажать ентер.
Reviewer: Mr_vann - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2015
Subject: Good game
I came across this game, played it back in the days on a Amiga,

Easy controls best game ever
Space is mouse button

P = Place
M= Move selected player
B= Build when selected construct-place

Rest i didnt figure out yet hope this helps :)
Reviewer: Raidri - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2015
Subject: Download?
How can I donwload the game, to play it in my own DOS Box?
Reviewer: Ненад - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2015
Subject: Respect
No connection with a game, but if someone wanted to get to know a little detailed the history of film Dune there is an excellent documentary film by Jodorowsky.....
Reviewer: pinggi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2015
Subject: Astonishing game!
This game is awesome. Fantastic art, immersive atmosphere.

Sadly, it is hard to play:
* mouse buttons don't work (the enter/space key can be used instead, but it is not too comfortable)
* distorting sound (clicking, skipping)
* slow - is it possible to speed up?

Fix it please, this game deserves it!
Reviewer: DeputyDirector - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2015
Subject: Great RTS game and nice DUNE atmosphere that's lore accurate
Amazing game, excellent soundtrack, superb aesthetic. Just remember to find out the anti-theft question answers.
Reviewer: acorn04 - favoritefavorite - January 10, 2015
Subject: I have the book
I would like to be able to save games and use the mouse and keyboard correctly. I am giving 2 stars because of memories I had planing this game long nights around 1993-94. I actually have the original book yet.
Reviewer: Fold - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2015
Subject: Atreides trouble
After mission 1 with Atreides you are asked a prompting question. I lost the ability to backspace after pressing shift and was unable to submit my answer. I believe I have sticky keys turned off. Still encountered the error on a second play through. I'm not sure if this is the right place to "report bugs"? If not, I am sorry. Otherwise delighted to see this title available.
Reviewer: Desert Trooper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: Possibility to save?
Thank you for the flashback to my youth with this classic. I worked my way through up to Level 6 with the Harkonnen yesterday. (Navigation with the mouse and klickin with the spacebar worked fine).

I was surprised that I could save my games as I used to in the original PC version. But of course the savegames are gone once I close my browser. Or is there any way to save your game and come back later? If so, I'd love to know...

(Although would be a fun challenge to play all 9 Levels in a row :-))
Reviewer: WilliamAcka - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: Can't pass the copy protection questions
I can play the game fine on Ubuntu and Firefox.
As one reviewer suggests, use the space bar in place of a left click and everything works very well.
My only problem is the answers to the questions that are the copy protection. You are asked about the specifications and names of various units, but without the booklet I didn't progress further. I may just have to google next time.
Reviewer: stinssd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: How to play
Once you watch the intro, move the mouse and instead of CLICKING the MOUSE hit the SPACE BAR on your keyboard. That allowed me to play the game. Have fun!
Reviewer: Calbrenar - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: Unable to play
I was able to get the game to go full screen but the controls don't do anything. 3 stars for awesome game and being able to watch the intro.
Reviewer: BjornLothbrok - favoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: Mouse Issues
Like another reviewer, I was unable to use the mouse button to interact with units/menus...this renders the game mostly unplayable (and yes, I tried full-screen).

Only giving 2 stars because of the unplayability...I've spent countless hours playing this back in the day and more recently through dosbox :).

Hoping it gets fixed so I can get a quick Dune fix here and there :)
Reviewer: Jason Scott - - January 7, 2015
Subject: Use RETURN to click.
If you can't get your mouse button to click, use the RETURN/ENTER key while the mouse is hovered over the thing you want to select.
Reviewer: KarthDracona - favoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: This requires input support.
The game loads fine and runs fine with some audio garble, which is to be expected. But without any mouse support, the game is not playable and so I can not recommend it until I can use my mouse to actually play the game.
Reviewer: Work6758 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: Its working for mi!
Turn to full screen, and it works fine.
Reviewer: idkuz - - January 6, 2015
Subject: not working?
I can watch the intro, without being able to skip it. And then nothing...
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